Editor's note

International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Monday, 31.08.2015, 05:32

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Governing elites in modern economies

Governing elites in modern economies


Modern governing structures are based on the principles of separation and division of power. However, some other “entities” appear, e.g. so-called elites or establishments. The “parallel” power structures exist already in Scandinavian countries; it seems they are being firmly established in the Baltic States too.

European integration: pros & cons for the Baltic States


European Commission announced release of €2,4 billion of “planned funding” to tackle the unusual and unexpected immigration flow. The figure is big but the news value is low, as the spending is spread out over seven years. Some Baltic States have got a slice of the pie…

Political actions needed to reduce unemployment


New Labour Market and Wage Developments Report (2014) published recently has shown that over 23,5 million people in the EU are out of job. According to the report, during five last years there was almost continuous decline in employment...

Luxembourg’s rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers


In the second part of 2015, Luxembourg assumes the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers. The presidency’s program includes important agenda’s dossiers, such as forwarding current EU efforts to promote growth and jobs in the member states and further improving economic governance in the framework of the EMU, etc.

Differences in the EU’s welfare are still great among the states


The level of welfare among the EU member states differs drastically. Comparing GDP per capita, the figures ranged between 45% of the EU average in Bulgaria to 263% in Luxembourg; only in eleven EU states the level of GDP per capita is above the EU average. As to households’ material welfare, in six EU states the indices are 30% below the Union’s average.

European digital future: guidelines for the Baltics


Since last November, the new Juncker’s Commission has been working on the EU’s priority, i.e. Digital Agenda. During over half a year, the Commission has built an extensive “Agenda program” turning it into the European Digital Single Market, DSM. The idea is already inspired the Baltic States into active actions.

Attention to youth entrepreneurship in the Baltics


Youth unemployment is an urgent issue in the EU and the Baltic States. Eurofound’s new report has analyzed the factors that could facilitate entrepreneurial potential and influence young people’s decision to become self-employed. Public authorities in the Baltic States shall take a closer look at youth entrepreneurship’s problems in their countries.

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